[Album Review] Selena Gomez’s “Stars Dance”

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Even mediocre music can top the charts sometimes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or barely blowing out your “big 13” candle, you’ve probably heard of Selena Gomez. Well, Selena Gomez is here with her newest album Stars Dance to break free of the Disney Angel mold. As an ode to being single and ready to mingle, Stars Dance explores the more mature side of Selena Gomez. On top of that, she also takes a walk down memory road through ballads (slow songs) that don’t have an inch of Taylor Swift’s usual scorn of ‘I hate my ex-boyfriends.’ As a mix of party tunes and songs to cry to, it’s no surprise her album recently topped the Billboard charts.

But I’m here to tell you… that it was not well-deserved.

She starts the album off strong, encouraging fans to party along with her to an upbeat backtrack. The single ‘Birthday’ really puts the mood to the album, and you can already feel your body trying to dance along with Selena as she celebrates her 21st birthday. Once you’re pumped and ready to hit next, you slowly start to realize that maybe you accidentally pressed fast forward. The next 9 songs (seriously) of the album become a blur, and you can’t be bothered to remember the names because they all sound the same. It’s not until track 11 of 13 that you finally get a taste of something new.

As an avid gossip reader, track 11, Love Will Remember, was the one I was most excited hear. After being informed that it was in fact about Justin Bieber, I couldn’t help but feel just a little disappointed. The emotion is there, and the tone of the song is a harsh contrast to the upbeat summer feel she has going for the rest of Stars Dance, but not enough to initiate a second listen. All in all, the album ends with two more tracks that once again are just as forgettable as the rest. The dropping bass sounds generic, and the lyrics fail to show any depth or intricacy.

Though marketed by Selena’s team as the epitome of a summer album, Gomez doesn’t quite hit the mark you’d want when strolling down the beach with your car’s top down. If anything, the blur of the beats makes the album sound like a jumbled, repetitive mess with no beginning or end. It almost makes you want to throw the hard copy in your trunk and forget all about it. Now, I’m not saying you can’t enjoy the occasional song on the album, but if you’d rather not blow some serious cash on getting the full disc, go straight to iTunes. That way you can at least pick your favorites at the price of $1.29 per single. The final verdict? C.

Images courtesy of Selena Gomez Facebook.